Learning Support Center

Writing Center

Located in Mukilteo Hall first floor Room 113 | 425.640.1750

The Writing Center provides one-on-one drop-in tutoring with trained Writing Assistants, and also offers for-credit Writing Skills classes with instructors. We help students with writing assignments in any subject area and at any stage in the writing process, including brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing.

What can I expect at the Writing Center?

Our goal is not only to help you improve your current paper, but also to help you learn strategies for revising your writing on your own, without a tutor present. Our aim is to help you become a more confident, purposeful writer. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about how the Writing Center works.

Do I need an appointment?

No. All of our free tutoring is on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis. Stop by whenever you need help and we’ll have Writing Assistants ready to work with you (though at peak times, there may be a wait).

How often can I have a writing conference?

You may have 1 conference with a Writing Assistant per day. If you want to work on the same paper more than once a week, please make sure that you’ve done significant work on your own between sessions.

What should I bring?

Make sure to bring your assignment sheet from your instructor—we can help you best if we know exactly what you’ve been asked to do in your paper. You should also bring any writing you’ve completed so far—notes, outlines, a partial draft, or a full paper. (Though we can also discuss the assignment and help you brainstorm ideas, too!) Finally, bring some questions and concerns about your writing. Have something in mind that you want to discuss with the Writing Assistant.

How long are tutoring sessions?

Typically, between 20 and 40 minutes. They range in time depending on the questions you have about your writing and what you want help with, so a conference could be shorter than 20 minutes, but it will never be longer than 40 minutes. We don’t want to overwhelm you with information, so we like to stick to that time limit.

Who will I work with?

Most of our Writing Assistants are students here at Edmonds College, while others are enrolled in other nearby universities, or already have undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our Writing Assistants have a variety of educational backgrounds and interests and are strong writers with friendly, supportive personalities.

Can I get my paper edited or proofread?

Not exactly—our Writing Assistants won’t edit or proofread your paper for you, but they are happy to model and teach you strategies for finding grammar errors and typos so that you can fix them on your own.

What will we talk about?

Your concerns about your paper will help to set the agenda. That said, Writing Assistants will want to discuss the thesis, organization, evidence and support, and overall clarity of your paper before moving into discussions about grammar. It’s best to make sure the ideas and examples in your paper are clear and strong before focusing entirely on grammar—if your sentences are grammatically perfect but don’t help support a strong thesis, then you’re going to have to rewrite them anyway!

I’m finished with my conference—now what?

Now that you’ve worked with a Writing Assistant and have made some plans about how to revise your paper—go and start those revisions! After every writing conference is finished, there’s still plenty of work left to do on a paper; leave yourself enough time to adjust your paper before turning it in. Writing conferences are starting points for revising, but the bulk of the work will be left up to you after a conference is finished.